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Detroit Tigers muster just one hit in 5-0 loss to Houston Astros


HOUSTON — Once again, the Detroit Tigers were on the losing end of a baseball game.

It wasn’t even close.

A grand slam from Aledmys Díaz with two outs in the third was more than enough for the Houston Astros, as the Tigers lost Sunday’s series finale, 5-0, swept in four games at Minute Maid Park.

The Tigers (8-19) tallied one hit, three walks and 10 strikeouts on Mother’s Day and dropped their 12th game in 14 tries. Detroit has the worst record in the American League.

Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Drew Hutchison (40) reacts after giving up a home run during the third inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.

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In the Tigers’ bullpen-only game, right-hander Drew Hutchison replaced righty Wily Peralta in the third inning and loaded the bases with one out. Jose Altuve singled to leadoff the frame before Alex Bregman and Yordan Alvarez recorded one-out walks.

Hutchison struck out Kyle Tucker with a sixth-pitch slider for the second out.

Any momentum from Tucker’s strikeout was chewed up by the Astros shortly thereafter, as Diaz hit Hutchison’s second-pitch, 92.4 mph four-seam fastball into the seats in short left-center.

The grand slam put the Astros ahead 4-0.

The Tigers never answered.

Detroit Tigers designated hitter Miguel Cabrera (24) reacts after a pitch during the second inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.

Four Tigers reached safely: Jonathan Schoop in the second inning, Robbie Grossman in the fourth, Miguel Cabrera in the fourth and Javier Báez in the sixth. The lone hit came from Schoop, who doubled to right to snap an 0-for-17 stretch.

Grossman, Cabrera and Báez drew walks.

The best scoring opportunity came in the fourth, when a wild pitch from Astros right-hander Jake Odorizzi advanced Grossman and Cabrera into scoring position. But the next two batters — Jeimer Candelario and Schoop — were retired.

The Tigers finished 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position.

Odorizzi fired five scoreless innings on one hit, two walks and five strikeouts. Right-hander Cristian Javier, the Astros’ piggyback reliever, tossed three scoreless frames on one walk and five strikeouts.

Righty Héctor Neris slammed the door on the Tigers in the ninth.

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Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Wily Peralta (58) gets a mound visit during the first inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.

Wily’s work 

Peralta started the bullpen-only game.

He gave his team two scoreless innings on one hit and three walks with three strikeouts. Three of his walks came in the first, but he avoided damage with a 6-4-3 double play and a strikeout.

The 33-year-old — pitching on his birthday — struck out Tucker on a fourth-pitch 96.7 mph fastball for the third out. He allowed a leadoff single in the second but retired the next three batters in order: ex-Tiger Niko Goodrum (strikeout), Jason Castro (strikeout) and Jose Siri (pop out). 





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